Leadership Development


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Everyone has the potential to lead

Many feel that leadership is only applicable to certain individuals; however, we build our leadership development opportunities to include everyone. Whether you are introverted or reflective, experienced or inquisitive, we welcome you to develop your leadership with us.

I loved how the students in this particular unit were able to independently run all the programs, activities and events this particular unit offers the students at McMaster. Due to our heavy involvement, when we see results, it also feels very encouraging to know that we are making a difference.

McMaster Student Success Leader

Peer Placement Program

Formerly known as the Student Success Leader Program.

Participate in the Peer Placement Program to engage in volunteer opportunities that will provide you with hands-on experience and skills development, as well as a chance to offer peer support to your fellow students. You can apply for positions to support activities related to career & employment, academic development, orientation and more.

These volunteer positions are complemented by a certificate program that seeks to further enhance your experience, while also providing you with an opportunity to set goals, make connections to academics, develop your personal brand and conduct self-assessment as it relates to the development of leadership skills for the workplace.

There are seven certification elements.

  • Orientation Session (1 hour)
  • Monthly Meetings (6 hours)
  • Conference and Lecture Series (2 – 6 hours)
  • Career Exploration (1 – 2 hours)
  • Leadership Engagement (8 – 12 hours)
  • Self-Directed Learning (2 – 4 hours)
  • Final Project and Self Assessment (10+ hours)

Applications for 2019-2020 are now open.

Apply for the Peer Placement Program this Winter term. Applications will be open until Thursday, February 28, 2019. We will confirm placements mid-April.

Postings are listed on OSCARplus (under Volunteering).

If you cannot access the postings, contact us at volunteer@mcmaster.ca.